Monday, March 18, 2013
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Seven Massillon street department workers to be laid off March 29
IndeOnline.com staff report
Posted Mar 15, 2013 @ 01:17 PM
Last update Mar 15, 2013 @ 10:41 PM
Scott R Graber
JIMMIE J: the average cost of 'public sector employees' is not the issue: the issue is the duty and authority of the City Council regarding the appropriation or USE....of City GENERAL FUND Tax Revenues to provide for the 'health, safety and welfare' of the people of Massillon, and to determine which municipal fucntion and purpose is given priority over any other.
The City Council has full authority and the duty, the SOLEMN DUTY....to use the public's money first and foremost, to provide for their safety, and to intentionally withhold appropriations of revenue to the Streets Department in order to correct dangerous road hazards such as potholes, while funding other non safety essential functions of the municipal corporation such as paper pushers for a municipal court office, IN PREFERENCE to providing for the safety of every citizen on the city highways and roadways, is in my opinion a knowing, intentional, malicious, exercise of municipal authority.
Make no mistake about it: It is NOT true that there are NO funds available for approrpiation to the Streets Dept for manpower and materials RIGHT NOW, and the proof is that the City Council will have an ordinance authorizing the Director of Public Safety and Public Service to advertise for bids for materials to repair city streets, and authorizing same office to enter into a contract with the lowest and best bidder for same, and the City coulc not advertise for such bids, without having revenue to pay for the same. (Ord 31-2013)
All three members of the Streets Committee have agreed that the legislation should be on the agenda Monday night, March 18, 2013 and have therefore recommended that the City Council adopt said legislation, which proves that the City Council members know there is revenue available for said materials, and that therefore, Mr. Dylewski at least, has made a false statement in the INDE article above.
'The operating side of budget was such that it did not justify the level of staffing weve had, said City Engineer Keith Dylewski. We simply do not have enough money to pay for employees or materials.
The safety of the public is the FIRST duty of the City Council to provide for with any appropriation, and if this City Council does NOT put the public safety FIRST and FOREMOST as their most important priority, in my opinion, each and every one of them has breached the public trust, and committed Misconduct in Office, and are liable for removal pursuant to ORC 3.07 Misconduct in Office
The safety of the public is not something to be used as a bargaining chip to coerce the taxpayers into approving an income tax levy ballot issue, in my opinion, and that is what this apparently is, because it is positively and DEMONSTRABLY FALSE that there are NO funds available to keep a full contingent of Streets Dept employees working AND to purchase materials and equipment for them to keep our streets in good repair.
It is NOT the fault of the Public that the City Council has reduced appropriations to Fund 1401 Income Tax Capital Improvements to 2% of the Income tax collected by the City. It is NOT the fault of the Public that the City Council of Massillon took $105,000 from 1401 Income Tax Capital Improvements on Jan 28, 2008, to pay for PAST DUE LEGENDS GOLF COURSE OPERATING EXPENSES from FY 2007... (and has never paid it back. That $105,000 lies in the fairways and greens of the golf course, instead of being used to fix the potholes in the streets and keeping the people who need to use the streets to make a living, safe from vehicle damage, injury, and death.)
Scott R. Graber
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